Scientists Say You Should Sleep in Past Noon on the Weekends

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital has confirmed that sleep deprivation negatively impacts your work performance even when you do not feel tired

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital has confirmed that sleep deprivation negatively impacts your work performance even when you do not feel tired

Researchers set out to find out how lack of sleep during the week and weekend might impact on a person's mortality rate. However, those of the same age group who slept for a short amount of time during the week and a longer amount of time over the weekend were recorded as having the same mortality rate as those who consistently hit the hay for six or seven hours a night.

The study found that people who sleep five hours or less per night including the weekends had higher mortality rates. But channeling your inner cat and sleeping too much can be just as bad for your health, studies have found.

"The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep", the researchers wrote in the study.

Torbjörn Åkerstedt, a clinical neuroscience professor at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and one of the authors of the paper, said the findings are similar with previous research into sleep duration and the connection to mortality. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night.

The study wasn't ideal and had limitations, including study subjects not being observed directly and self-reporting their sleep habits. "Yes, if you are extremely sleep-deprived during the week, then continuing that over the weekend isn't ideal, and maybe you should think about getting a few more hours".

"What happens is, if you are well-rested, your sleep drive will be low in the morning, and it builds and builds over the day, when at night you need to go to bed to relieve that pressure for sleep".

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